I’d love to find and restore one of these beauties.
That would be good for holidays..would take you a while to get there but still would be fun.
This is a Curtiss Aerocar, developed after his spectacular failure to produce a flying car. There is one around, the “Vagabond”. You cannot restore it because it will be mine… oh yes… it will be mine. It is in the Petersen Auto Museum in LA.
The Aerocar was one of (if not the) earliest RV style trailers, and those that could afford them often could afford to comission a special tow vehicle. This one is an REO V12 with living quarters for the chauffeur in the back. It has a 4 cyl generator that powers the trailer. The hitch is an actual fifth wheel, as in, a wheel and tire to provide turning and cushioning.
The Aerocar sports intercoms for the riders (yes they rode in the back, as you are allowed to do today in a 5th wheel, as long as you have communication with the driver), a cocktail bar, and a fore observation platform (not shown on this version).
On the desk in the “car designers office” in the museum you can see the blueprint of the trailer which shows its layout.
There are at least two more Aerocars in existence, one with a neat International tow vehicle.